U.K. finance minister eschews alcohol while delivering budget

March 18, 2015 3:22 PM

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LONDON — Britain's finance minister on Wednesday brought a beat-up red suitcase to a small wooden lectern in Parliament, where he presented his last budget before what promises to be a tight general election in May.

In a packed address to the House of Commons, Osborne, who is Prime Minister David Cameron's closest political ally, struck an upbeat tone about the nation's economy and said it was "walking tall again" after his government made difficult decisions over the last five years. The last election was in 2...

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